This month, we have a truly extraordinary featured pet. “Louis” belongs to Janelle Rivers, a member of our showroom sales team and is a mini-lop rabbit. Mini-lop rabbits are known for their large bodies, thick fur, and floppy ears. This particular breed of rabbit is extraordinarily popular in the United States and Holland. When they curl up, some people say they feel like a furry basketball. This breed of rabbit was discovered in 1972 at a German exposition of rabbits. It made its American debut in 1974.
Louis was adopted by Janelle from a local pet store 3 1/2 years ago. At the time, he was small enough to fit into a loaf pan. Janelle immediately fell in love with Louis and decided that she would not keep him in a cage but train him to use a litter box. She had him neutered and began the training process. Eventually, Louis got the hang of it and now he has free reign over the house.
Janelle describes her lovable Bunny as very curious. He likes being the center of attention at her house. Janelle said that she has had to bunny proof the house. Louis, in an attempt to remind Janelle to save energy, once attempted to chew through an electrical cord. He loves taunting Janelle’s dog, Ennis. Jokingly, Janelle said that Louis is always into something including hip-hop music (the preferred choice of bunny rabbits). Also, he likes classic literature and has been known to tear through a book. He really likes to sink his teeth into things. Louis does come to Replacements, Ltd. in a cage. He generally spends the day sleeping and Janelle provides him with carrots throughout the day. When he is free or at home, he maneuvers around by hopping in a zig-zag formation. This is also how he dances while listening to hip-hop.
When asked what she liked most about Replacements pet-friendly policy, Janelle had this to say, “I love to bring Louis to work in the showroom so that he can see all the work that I do. Customers love to see him behind the counter and employees regularly stop by to bring him carrots. Louis always makes me smile while I’m at work.”